Faculty & Staff

Jennifer Comfort


Meet Jennifer

"Guiding students to recognize how God works in their lives is such a joy to me. As a life long learner myself, I strive to provide an environment where students can grow spiritually, academically, socially, and physically. My biggest joy as an administrator is getting to know each family in the school and sharing in their child’s educational journey."
I find strength by remembering
Psalm 118:14.


Suzanne Denecke

4 Year Old Kindergarten

Meet Suzanne

Being with, and teaching, young children has always been a passion of mine. I am married to a great guy - John - and we have 4 children. St. John's has been my church home since 1991. I believe that children learn best by doing. They learn best when an adult lovingly guides them - but doesn't necessarily give them the answers. "Be still and know that I am God."
Psalm 46:10.


Daphne Crossman

1st grade

Meet Daphne

I live in Glendale with my husband, Jeff. We have three grown children. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin Platteville. I have taught Kindergarten and First Grade for a total of 15 years with time off to raise our family. I love teaching younger children and watching them grow during the school year.

Jennifer Cline

2nd grade

Meet Jennifer

I earned myBA in Elementary/Middle Education from Concordia University Wisconsin and hold a Master’s in Curriculum & Teaching from Columbia University Teachers College. My husband, Wes, and I have two children, Isabella (7) and Alexander (3). Jennifer is passionate about Christian education and early literacy. I am thrilled to see God’s hand at work in guiding my teaching each day.


Karina Schlecht

3rd & 4th grade

Meet Karina

I am passionate about showing kids the love of Jesus every day, and I see our school as a ministry to whole families, not just students. I enjoy leading music classes, singing, and playing oboe. I also coach and play basketball. My favorite passage from Scripture is Psalm 139.


John Gehm

Middle School Science & Social Studies

Meet John

God has always directed me towards teaching. I look for opportunities to direct all of God's children to His love and undeserved grace. I enjoy science and find it incredible to learn, show, and teach how God has woven this earth and its laws together for us to appreciate Him through science. My wife, Stephanie, and I enjoy loving our three daughters as we live in the Milwaukee area.


Janeen Bain

Middle School Language Arts

Meet Janeen

I have been a member of St. John’s since 1991 and have been teaching in the middle school for the past 11 years. I enjoy working with adolescents and preparing them for the challenges they will face in high school. I daily “lift up my eyes to the hills” knowing that “my help comes from the Lord, the maker of Heaven and earth” (Psalm 121).


Lenore Chandler


Meet Lenore

I have always wanted to be a teacher. My teaching career has always been here. I received the Early Childhood Teacher of the Year award from the District Office and Alumna of the Year from CUW. Each day I share the love of Jesus and his care for us.
Col. 3: 15-17


Cheryl Cario

Reading Specialist

Meet Cheryl

I hold WI reading teacher and reading specialist licenses from Concordia University. I earned baccalaureate education degree from Concordia College New York and an MA from Queens College (NY). I have taught in both public and parochial schools for more than 25 years. I am an adjunct instructor at Concordia. I have co-authored a Sight Word Intervention book and provide literacy consulting services for local schools.

Mariah Erdmann


Meet Mariah

I graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2014 with a duel major in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education. I also have a minor in Theology. In my free time I love to spend time outside hiking, kayaking and paddle boarding. I also enjoy crocheting, cooking and spending time with my family and cat Finnigan. I am excited to be marrying my best friend, Bob, in September. We are looking forward to all the exciting changes God has planned for us during this upcoming year!